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Stand Tall Education
By Honey Halpern

Several months ago a close friend told me about a school that was being built by a Vancouver woman in the outskirts of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Nicki had gone to this area as a volunteer just last year and decided that she was going to do something extra to help the many local children who couldn’t attend school because they had no money for uniforms, books or supplies. But Nicki wasn’t comfortable with simply creating a school to hand over to local authorities; she wanted her school to offer a child-centered program rather than the traditional teacher-led classroom that is frequently found in schools that teach the poorest and neediest.  With this objective in mind, Nicki set about buying the land, designing and building a school, and hiring personnel to get her ideal school in motion.

This very special and unique school will open its doors to 75 children from grades 4 to grade 6 on May 17, 2010.

When I heard about this project and checked out her website and newsletter and saw the pictures of the school building taking shape I was deeply moved and impressed. I decided to offer my experience in training teachers at UBC to help the teachers in this unique and innovative school.  So, I have volunteered to spend six weeks in Uganda this October  working alongside the teachers and students, demonstrating and modeling the methods and strategies that you can find in just about every good B.C. classroom.

If you or your students are looking for a way to be part of the global community, I would like to offer you this inspiring opportunity. Forty dollars ($40.) will buy books for one year for one student.  Every single dollar donated will go directly to books and supplies for the children.

Please check the website and subscribe to the newsletter. They will show you how this school works and give you a good idea of what your money will support.

I know that B.C. children often ask what they can do to help others; here then is an answer.  I’ll be there in October and will make sure that all donations will be acknowledged by the Ugandan children; the books and supplies you help provide will ensure that their school experience is enriching and joyful.

Here is the link to the school’s website:  www.standtalleducation.org which will give you access to the newsletter as well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask: hhalpern@interchange.ubc.ca

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